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Nashville, Tennessee is a city rich with great musical partnerships; the creation of Lara and the Bluz Dawgz is no exception. It was the love of Blues that brought this lineup of seasoned musicians together. The members of the band hail from a wide range of geographic locales, from New York to Louisiana, and from New Mexico, to Ontario, Canada.
Their collective live performance experience spans several continents and countries and creates Lara and the Bluz Dawgz’ unique take on the Blues. These musicians are accomplished in their own right, with a live performance pedigree whose venues range from CBGBs in New York City to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Lara Germony / Vocals
As a founding member of Lara and the Bluz Dawgz, vocalist and songwriter, Lara Dean Germony, brings an unmistakable vocal style, rife with lyric and emotion that epitomize the Blues genre.
Lara began performing at a very early age. While in college, she majored in classical voice performance. Lara loves all types of music and has performed in Jazz, Rock, and Country bands while her heart remained loyal to Blues, a common thread in all of these styles.
Lara has co-written and recorded two albums of original R&B and Blues. Lara is married to Bluz Dawgz’ bassist and founding member, Gregg Germony, and they have formed a life-long musical and personal relationship.
Gregg Germony / Bass
Bassist Gregg Germony began his musical career in Buffalo, New York, which served as his base while performing road gigs throughout the US and Canada. Gregg has also toured Europe, Asia, and the Middle East with the Horning Brothers via the DOD.
Since moving to Nashville, Gregg has established himself as a highly respected studio musician, appearing on 1,000's of demos and jingles and is currently the house bass player at the Song Closet. Additionally, he has recorded with Billy Burks and John Heinrich, and played on many Gospel sessions at Gene Breden's studio.
Gregg studied with legendary Motown bassist Bob Babbit, who he notes as one of his greatest influences, in addition to James Jamerson, Roscoe Beck, and Paul Chambers. Gregg has worked with many notable artists, including Clarence Dobbins, Delbert McClinton, T. Graham Brown, Abby Burke, Ryan Murphey, and David Ball.
Dan Nadasdi / Keys
Piano Player, Daniel Nadasdi, was born in Southern Ontario, Canada and grew up loving the music coming across the border from Detroit Michigan. Some of his earliest influences include Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. He is also a big fan of fellow Canadians and Roots Rockers, "The Band" and their organist Garth Hudson. Southern Rock and Blues heroes such as Bill Payne and Billy Powel, as well as country piano players Pig Robins and Gary Smith all contributed to Daniel’s eclectic musical tastes.
Dan hit the road in the mid 80's and traveled back and forth across Canada with a variety of different acts before moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991 with the Michelle Wright Band. In addition to the Michelle Wright Band, Daniel has played piano for Tanya Tucker, Pirates of the Mississippi.
Along with fellow Michelle Wright Band members, he has won the Back-Up Band of the Year award several times at the CCMA; and in 2001, he won the CCMA award for Piano Player of the Year.
Al Rowe / Guitar
Founding member and guitarist, Al Rowe, brings a lifetime of experience in playing the Blues. A self-taught musician, Al grew up in New York. Since the age of 15, he has played in countless road bands. His guitar work has been compared to Rolling Stones’ guitarist, Mick Taylor, Al’s greatest influence; other influences include Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Peter Frampton.
Al moved to Nashville in 2000 to attend the Belmont University Music Business program. Since moving to Nashville, Al has co-written and recorded three Blues albums, and contributed to many other original projects.
Ray Gonzales / Drums
A native of New Mexico, Ray provides the driving backbone to Lara and the Bluz Dawgz. A self-taught musician, Ray appeared as vocalist on his first recorded album at age 5. He also began playing drums at this time. His subtle and diverse approach to performance anchors the band in a way as to allow the creative and melodic tradition of Blues flow unhindered. Ray has traveled the United States and Europe, playing music and sharing his talent with audiences ranging from 30 to 30,000.
Ray has worked with many artists, including David Demarco, Mathew West, Paul Overstreet, Promise Keepers, John D’Amato, Midnight to Twelve, Rhonda Gun, North East Arkansas Theatre, Kainos, FMB, Revelation Underground, Mike Musik, Akil Thompson, The Back Alley Saints, Absolute Zero, and many others.
Reggie Murray / Saxophone
Hailing from the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans, Louisiana, saxophonist/composer/producer, Reggie Murray now makes Nashville his home. Reggie’s smooth sound takes the Bluz Dawgz to higher levels, leaving the listeners longing to hear more.
His long line of credits include Rhino, Karen Grant, Akua, Aidoo, Mike Morris, Greg Troyer, Entourage, Anthony Brown, Joe Simon Jazz, Elemental Groove, Chris Cortez, Russell Batiste, Raymond Myles and the RAMS, St. Joseph The Worker Gospel Choir, Robyn E. and Company, and Vieux Carré.